The Impact of Mother Literacy and Participation Programs on Child Learning in India

This randomized control trial (RCT) from The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) examined multiple treatments in order to address low literacy levels of children.

One intervention focused on offering mothers literacy classes, assuming that more educated mothers would be more effective at helping children at home. A second intervention provided a guide to mothers on at-home activities which could enrich the learning environment for their children at home. A third intervention combined these two: mothers received both the mother literacy classes and the at-home activities guide. A comparison group received none of these services.


The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). (2012). The impact of mother literacy and participation programs on child learning in India. Retrieved from

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